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Driver killed after colliding with snow plow on Colo. 67

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A 23-year-old man is dead after colliding with a CDOT snowplow on Colorado 67 Jan. 28, 2014. (Photo: KRDO)

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. — A 23-year-old man died after he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a snow plow on Colorado 67 Tuesday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The victim was driving southbound in a 1989 Ford F150 along Colorado 67 near milepost 57, about four miles north of Cripple Creek in icy, snow-packed conditions, said CSP.

As the driver lost control, the pickup truck rotated clockwise and crossed into the northbound lanes where it crashed into a Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow, state patrol said.

The 23-year-old male from Divide driving the Ford was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, said CSP, and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Timothy Kirtley of Florissant, 40, was driving the snowplow. CSP said he had his seat belt on and was not injured.

As of Tuesday afternoon, crews were still investigating the scene and said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. Investigators said they suspect the Ford driver was driving too fast for the icy conditions.


  • Robert Gift

    So sorry. Condolences to parents and loved ones.

    Seat-belt usage is up, but still amazing the number of people I see not wearing seat-belts.
    Do they believe such crashes happen only to others?*

    Appears that a seat-belt would have made no difference if the impact was on the driver’s door.
    Sad to think that if he has slowed a little, this crash/outcome may not have occurred.

    *Met a driver who actully believes he has a “sixth sense” about passing in no passing zones.
    He actually believes he knows when he can pass in blind areas and when he cannot.
    So far, he has been 100% accurate!
    (Pity the other motorist when he is not.)

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